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British Airways unveils its new coronavirus catering – it’s an improvement on the plastic bags

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What food and drink is British Airways serving during coronavirus?

Just a day after we complained about the state of British Airways onboard catering, British Airways has unveiled its new interim catering solution.

This is the food you will be seeing on long-haul and short-haul flights from 16th June.  There is still a distinct lack of hot food – unlike Emirates, Qatar, Etihad etc – but this is a definite improvement on the ‘cheese sandwich and a Kit Kat in a plastic bag’ meals which have been served to date.

Everything now comes in these fancy boxes (click on any image to enlarge):

British Airways business class Club World coronavirus food catering

First Class

Here is a main meal box for BA First Class. First Class is the only part of the aircraft where there will be hot main courses.

British Airways First Class coronavirus food catering

…. and here is a typical Afternoon Tea box:

British Airways First Class coronavirus food catering

Club World:

Here is a typical Club World meal.  Club World will not be getting hot main courses at this point although hot paninis and wraps will be available as snack or second meal options.  It is unclear if there will be any choice of meal, apart from a vegetarian option, or whether special orders will be allowed:

British Airways business class Club World coronavirus food catering

…. and here is a breakfast:

British Airways business class Club World coronavirus food catering

World Traveller and World Traveller Plus:

Here are typical World Traveller Plus and World Traveller meals.  Both cabins will receive the same boxes:

British Airways economy World Traveller coronavirus food catering


British Airways economy World Traveller coronavirus food catering

Club Europe:

Moving onto short haul, this is typical of what Club Europe passengers will be receiving:

British Airways Club Europe business class coronavirus food catering

Euro Traveller:

Euro Traveller will be retaining the free water and a small bag of crisps / popcorn / pretzels that is available at the moment.

Buy-on-board is not returning for the short term.

Special meals:

There will be two meal options offered – vegetarian and non-vegetarian.  I’m waiting for BA to confirm whether other special meals can be pre-ordered.


Alcohol will be returning, except in Euro Traveller.

This is NOT a long term replacement for British Airways catering.  The airline is keeping it under constant review, with its hands partly tied by UK Government guidance.  You should expect to see the boxes above for at least four months, I believe.


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Comments (106)

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  • sayling says:

    Excellent first step towards a proper service resuming.

    Presumably still supplied by Do&Co, does anyone know who else they provide catering for?

  • Dominic Barrington says:

    Do we know about bedding, and about PJs in First? And amenity kits?

  • Freddy says:

    Meal deal from boots looks more attractive – at least I get to pick!

    • Chris says:

      If LHR let it reopen Gordon Ramsey’s Planefood is going to make a fortune

      • ChrisC says:

        Air side outets whether food or retail will open as and when their off airport counterparts can

        So it would be possible for the shops to open from Monday. That’s if HAL and the shops feel there will be enough punters spending enough money to make it worthwhile

  • Dave H says:

    The email BA sent out last week, special meals will not be available!

  • BJ says:

    Assuming that the 744s may mostly go off to the graveyard and the a380s might not be widely used in the short term if not longer, are BA going to have sufficient metal with an First cabin to cover most of the routes that previously had it? If not, which routes are most likely to lose and retain First?

  • GaryC says:

    I love all these comments about how “rubbish” the new food offering 🙂 They’re a nice dessert after the main-course of tantrums here and on FT about status extension 🙂

    It seems there are lots of people whose entire sense of self-worth is built on the colour of their BAEC card and the type of plate their food is served on 😀

    • BJ says:

      Speaking only for myself, the only colour of card I like is blue. The existence of other colours spoils my lounge experience. I’m not too fussed about the food either as it’s not worth getting excited about. If it tastes the same or is better out a box then that’s fine with me. However, BA should just cut the cr*p though and acknowledge they are doing this at this time to cut costs.

    • RWJ says:

      Can’t please all of the people all of the time. Certainly not frequent flyers it seems! I think some (not all – there are many valid points being made) need to sort out their priorities!

    • Sandra B says:


  • Paul says:

    Personally, I kind of prefer the ‘boxes’ idea. Realistically I find the ‘service’ part of the meal a complete faff. Don’t get me wrong, I think not offering a hot meal in club on a long haul is pathetic, but I’d be happy for it all to arrive at once, at a time of my choosing, on a small tray perhaps, for me to decide where to spread it around my seat/storage area. The whole 1 bit at a time just annoys me, it’s not like the quality is such that i need it all separately to savour individual elements. Also this might speed up service to maximise sleep time, and would allow me to get comfy without necessarily having the table down in front of me for the better part of an hour, which i find very annoying being somewhat taller than the seats were designed for.

    • RWJ says:

      Agreed. I’d much rather have something like this and do it myself. Don’t even really care about hot vs cold as long as it’s decent food. Never find hot food tastes very nice at altitude anyway.

  • Dave Winchester says:

    It’s definitely a step up.

    But packaging them to actually resemble a ready meal or salad from pretty does make me think people will wonder why they’re paying all the extra cash..

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